Many app designers are having big troubles getting inspired. They’re all having big plans and ideas; They want to create apps that do this and that, but they all keep forgetting about 1 thing, the design.
Design is one of the most overlooked aspects, and because of that, many developers are getting stuck on that eventually. It’s no secret that it can add hundreds of extra hours to the development process, so therefore you’ll need to plan this carefully, and you should not have this as a last step, in fact, I strongly suggest that you queue this up front in your development process.
What I usually do, is that I do the design first, before I do anything else – I simply go to Photoshop (you can also use Paint, works great) and just draw a layout myself manually. Inside this layout I create everything that the app should do, all features are included when I do this. I then save it and print it out and let it rest for a day or two. Then I look back at it and see if I can make some easy modifications. Once I’m satisfied I’ll then start building out all features and will put it all together, including the design.
So all that sounds easy, but there’s a big process behind it, and most of it comes from inspiration. That’s right, without it you will go nowhere, trust me on that. So how do you get inspired? Well, usually it’s from competitors and apps that you use every day.
One Trick That Rules Them All…
I’m about to show you a trick that I use, that can power up and speed up your whole design process, in a matter of minutes. This is so powerful, that it will literally blow your mind away, and make you wonder why you’ve been having inspiration problems for so long now.
The number one trick in my get inspired journal, is SuperUser. Haven’t got an idea of what it is? Don’t worry, I’ll explain; SuperUser is an un-official app store, created by hackers who have managed to root Galaxy S5. I also believe the Google Play can be rooted as well.
Anyway, inside SuperUser there are repositories created by app developers. In there you’ll be able to find thousands of apps, which you can then download for free. The point here is not to get apps for free, but rather to get ideas from un-official apps, which you can then use for your very own applications.
This is exactly how I come up with design ideas in no-time. I made sure that I did a the Samsung Galaxy S5 root, and then I went to SuperUser and installed related apps to see how they designed it. I was blown away at first, because even though the apps are un-official, they’ve been made by very clever people, who are mostly doing this as a hobby, not as professionals.
So it’s really a way to stay clear of all “mainstream” type of apps, and get a feel of different types of layouts, features etc.
So this was just a clever but very simple to perform trick that I use all the time in my development process, and so should you!